Segmentation of Birds in Video Data Streams

Eagle FlyingReinhard Moratz is collaborating with the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), HiDef Aerial Surveying, and Sun Edison on a Department of Energy project to better understand how birds and bats avoid wind turbines. The project employs a stereo-optic, high-definition camera system from HiDef Aerial Surveying. The Robot interaction lab is developing software to analyze video images from the cameras to detect bird and bat response to offshore wind projects, where it is not possible to conduct traditional wildlife monitoring.

The project is deploying systems in order to track flying animals in three dimensions. The two ultra high-definition cameras are offset to create a three dimensional view of a wind turbine, the horizon, and an area surrounding the turbine. Eagles and bats have been chosen as the focal species for analyzing camera performance for two reasons: researchers would like to better understand how these species respond to and avoid turbines and both species often receive attention during the permitting process for new wind power projects.